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Nov 29, 2008 08:44 AM

Looking for good Brunch buffet

Hello fellow CH!

I am looking for a good brunch either in Alberta. Especially in Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore or Banff.

DH has been hankering for a buffet.. not sure why maybe because it's winter.

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  1. For a treat we always hit the Banff Springs; special occaisions are even better, such as a holiday. We last went for Mother's Day and I was very impressed with the freshness of everything and how organized they were handling the crowds.

    The Palliser in Calgary does a decent one, not as many choices as the Banff Springs, but still very good. Both Fairmont hotels take a credit card no. now, and charge if you cancel too late. They also call the day before to confirm. I guess a sign of the times.

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    1. re: sweeterpea

      If you're looking for something almost as good as the banff springs but a bit easier on the wallet, i'd recommend the Banff Park Lodge. be sure to call ahead to make reservations, it can book up quickly. It's not quite as oppulent, but it as everything you would want, omelettes, seafood, desserts, choco fountain, roast beef, etc...

      in Calgary, Trader's Grill at the Marriott is a decent value brunch as well.

    2. Hard finding a reasonable buffet that isn't priced out of this world.

      The Executive Royal Inn has a pretty good Sunday buffet - roast beef, turkey or ham, crepes to order, omelettes to order, mussels, seafood, and more. Milk & white chocolate fountains. For about $22. Its not the Banff Springs, but good variety.

      1. Thompson's at the Hyatt. Make reservations and go on a Sunday. Bonus: park underground at the Hyatt and Thompson's validates

        1. I'm a fan of Smuggler's Inn in Calgary, price is affordable at $15 a person, and the food is quite good. Not as huge a selection as the Palliser (which btw has some amazing desserts to go with brunch) - but Smuggler's does have a great omelete station.

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          1. re: kewkc

            I am not a fan of this brunch anymore. Once upon a time in was one of the best in town, now they don't even do prime rib for it anymore.

            Delta Lodge Kananaskis is wonderful. Regardless the Wedding Pavilion Brunch will soon start again in Jan, has anyone been?

          2. I'm a big fan of the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis for a special brunch. They have the option of a breakfast buffet or a full brunch buffet. I always go for the latter, as the selection is much broader - lots of salads, cheese, candied trout, smoked fish, the usual breakfast items, waffles with warm berry sauce, omeletes made to order, a carving station, a variety of mains and plenty of dessert options too. Cost is around $30 for full menu. Not sure on the breakfast only portion.

            The restaurant has lots of windows and is surrounded by forest, so the view is beautiful, - especially in the winter. There are some paved trails behind the property which offer some spectacular views of the valley. Perfect for a little exercise after feasting!

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            1. re: jenn_g

              When CP Hotels owned the Lodge at Kananaskis, the brunch was amazing. We went this past summer and the brunch was disappointing. Cold roast chicken that was as tough as leather, some kind of weird eggs benny -- I think it was candied salmon? Now, the dinners are very good at the dining room, just did not like brunch.

              We tend to do buffet brunch a fair amount as our family ranges from Grandma and Grandpa to our little chub chub who is 2 years old. Our top picks are the Hyatt and the Palliser, and really, the Banff Springs is worth the price. Banff Park Lodge is pretty good too.